Extremely Rare PRIME BUTTER / LAUREL, POINT, W. VA Stoneware Advertising Crock

October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 218

Price Realized: $5,175.00

($4,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Three-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Jar, Stenciled "PRIME BUTTER / JOHN E. TAYLOR & SON / LAUREL POINT, WEST VA", circa 1875, cylindrical jar with tooled accents and inset rim, featuring the stenciled cobalt advertising, "PRIME BUTTER / TAYLOR & SON / LAUREL POINT, WEST VA", flanked by graduated freehand stripes. Decorated above with freehand vining and below with graduated swags. Additional freehand stripes to body. This example, believed to be one of only two of its kind in existence, features strong decoration, exceptional advertising, and an inset rim to seal butter inside, highly unusual for pieces of this size. This jar is possibly the largest example of Western PA stoneware we have seen exhibiting this rim construction, typically found on small-sized canning jars from the region. Two rim chips. A 1 1/4" salt drip on front. A 3 1/4" in-the-firing separation extending from rim on interior, not visible on exterior. A minor glazed-over stone ping near base. H 15".

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